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Pretty much everybody needs a refrigerator. It’s the best way to keep your food cool and preserved until you need it, especially if you plan to cook at home a lot. There are a lot of refrigerator varieties out there, but today we’re talking about French Door refrigerators, and what makes them good.
So why should you buy one, and what sets them apart from other refrigerators? Let’s find out.
Here are the best french door refrigerators you can buy:
- Best Overall - Haier 16 cu. ft. 4 Door Refrigerator
- Runner Up - Frigidaire 36 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
- Best Refrigerator Shelving French Door Refrigerator - Smeta 36 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
- Best Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator - Thor Kitchen 36 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
- Best French Door Refrigerator for Blending In - Fisher Paykel Star K Energy French Door Refrigerator
- Best High Capacity French Door Refrigerator - GE French Door Refrigerator
- Best 4 Door French Door Refrigerator - Lycan French 4-door Refrigerator
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9 Best French Door Refrigerators (2020 Reviews)
1. Best Overall - Haier 16 cu. ft. 4 Door Refrigerator
This is my favorite refrigerator of any kind on the market right now. It’s a bit small compared to others, so if you’re looking for a huge fridge to store a whole ton of leftovers or prep materials, you should definitely look elsewhere.
However, if you want an elegant, easy to access, and easy to organize refrigerator with a trim, counter depth design and a very enticing price point, this is it.
It looks nice, but more importantly it performs very well. The doors for both the fridge and freezer open easily and swing wide, allowing easy access to the interior. The fridge makes good use of its space, allowing for quite a lot of storage in its relatively modest interior dimensions.
But the real star here is the freezer. Most French Door refrigerators have a bottom freezer with a pullout drawer that I find very cumbersome; it’s the biggest inherent flaw of French Door refrigerators.
This sidesteps that, with two bottom doors that open into four good sized transparent drawers that pull out easily and make it very easy to organize your refrigerator.
If you can get past the slightly smaller than average size, this is the best refrigerator for your money.
Trim counter depth design
Great use of interior space
4 door design makes accessing both the fridge and freezer easy
Excellent freezer organization
Slightly smaller than the average for these kinds of refrigerators
2. Runner Up - Frigidaire 36 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
If you need a bit more space, but you still want a sleeker, more refined design, this Frigidaire has you covered. It looks nice in any kitchen, coming in two different colors; raw steel and a dark grey bordering on black.
The overall construction is of course solid, steel with tempered glass shelving and sturdy plastic trim on the interior.
The doors are easy to open and quite nice, with a subtle smiley face pattern to the handles of the fridge doors and bottom freezer that helps make your kitchen look warm, inviting, and a bit whimsical.
The included ice maker is sensibly placed on the left side door, though it does take up a bit of your fridge space inside. Still, you get a solid 22.5 cu. ft. to work with, and fully adjustable shelves on both sides; no connected “uni-shelves” that are hard to move around. These click into place well and can be used to adjust the interior shape of your fridge to anything you might need to in order to hold all sorts of nonstandard shapes and sizes of food. Great for tall pitchers and bottles you might otherwise not be able to fit in a standard fridge; the small shelf nearest the ice maker is the most perfect for this.
The freezer is less good, but still not bad. It pulls out easily and you get a decent amount of space, but it is still a simple drawer freezer, and I’ve never been a huge fan of those. Even the price is quite good; significantly cheaper than even some larger refrigerators.
Great use of space
Included ice maker and water filtering
Pleasant design aesthetic
Some users report issues with getting help from customer service
3. Best Refrigerator Shelving French Door Refrigerator - Smeta 36 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
This is a great large refrigerator that makes perfect use of its space.
The interior 20.66 cu. ft. dimensions are already fairly large, but the adjustability and variety of usable spaces makes it even larger than a similar sized but less efficient refrigerator might be.
I like that both doors have spacious rimmed shelving for all sorts of storage needs. The biggest feature here is the proper adjustability between the two different sides of the shelving. A lot of French Door refrigerators have one large shelf across the two sides, but this one has the top two shelves being movable and removable on their own, for all sorts of useful adjustments.
The counter depth design makes it fit in very nicely in most homes, sitting fairly flush with your counters and keeping it out of the way.
The main thing I’m not a huge fan of is the freezer portion. It’s a bit small, and the ice maker is kind of awkwardly placed in a drawer just below the fridge. Not a fan at all.
Excellent raw capacity
Makes very good use of its space
Sturdy and well made
Included ice maker
Small and awkward freezer
Strangely placed ice maker
4. Best Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator - Thor Kitchen 36 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
This fridge has a lot to offer, mostly in the freezer department. The fridge portion is good, but fairly standard. There’s nothing in there that makes especially good use of space, and while the shelves are independently adjustable, they offer a lot less of it than other models since the crisper drawers are so big.
But like I said before, the star of this show is the freezer, with a pair of pullout drawers which can be used for a variety of purposes. The bottom is a standard pull out freezer with a decent depth and capacity good for chucking bagged frozen veggies and similar items in, but nothing special. It’s the top drawer that moves this model over the top, with a flat, shallower design that is perfect for “fresh freezing” foods for a short amount of time before use. The model’s included pictures show a number of fish in the drawer, and I agree it would be perfect for that purpose, or for chilling a rack of ribs for a bit before you need them, that sort of thing. The flatter design and independent use makes it easier to clean as well, perfect for things that may be un- or imperfectly wrapped.
The issue is you pay a real premium for this function, a bit more than some might be willing to pay. I also balk at the aesthetics of this fridge, but it took me a bit to figure out why. After a bit of mulling it over, I realized the design of this refrigerator was a bit too…sterile. Frankly, it reminds me of a morgue freezer, and is subtly off putting, at least to me.
Still, it performs well, has a good capacity, and is built to last, so if you can stomach the less than pleasing appearance, it’s a great buy.
Extremely sturdy design; built to last.
Good interior space
Great unique freezer design
Design is subtly creepy and “morgue-like” to me
5. Best French Door Refrigerator for Blending In - Fisher Paykel Star K Energy French Door Refrigerator
This is a very interesting refrigerator. The function of it is quite good, though nothing exceptional. It has solid interior space in the fridge portion, and a good freezer design; three tier drawers, with the ice maker built into the bottom. I’m not a huge fan of that last part, but it’s serviceable.
It’s the appearance that’s the real selling point. What’s pictured is just a sample. In a general sense, it’s designed to be compatible with panels that you can buy to make it blend in with your current cabinetry, so it “disappears” into your wall and becomes an unobtrusive part of your kitchen.
This is very nice for anyone with a very specific design aesthetic in mind that doesn’t include a refrigerator sitting in plain view in the middle of their kitchen. Combined with its solid performance, it makes a great fridge…so long as you’re willing to pay the price for what is essentially a “custom made” fridge.
Modular appearance can blend into any kitchen appointment
Great freezer design
Very high price point
Average, but not exceptional performance
6. Best High Capacity French Door Refrigerator - GE French Door Refrigerator
This is an overall really good refrigerator with one key feature that boosts it from merely good, to being great.
The shelves of this fridge are the great independently adjustable kind we look for, but even more than that the right side top shelf has a special slide in or slide out design that boosts the versatility a lot. It can be pushed in to easily make room for tall items, and pulled out again when that extra nook is no longer needed. Even better, it can still be used to store small stuff when slid inward, so you’re still getting about half a shelf up there. It opens up a surprising amount of space inside of what is an already very large refrigerator; the largest on this list by a fair margin.
The rest is fairly standard, but at the low price of this model it’s fine. You get good construction, good interior space, and comfortable handles.
The freezer is a bit cramped and crowded, unfortunately, but still usable, especially if you have a separate deep freezer or something to pick up the slack for storing bulkier items.
You could do a lot worse for the price of this fridge.
Enormous interior capacity
Great modular shelving
Slide in or slide out top shelf for easy storage of tall items
Cramped freezer section
7. Best 4 Door French Door Refrigerator - Lycan French 4-door Refrigerator
I mentioned when talking about our winner how much I love the four door design, and everything I said there applies here. The design allows for a lot more freedom in arranging and taking things out of a bottom freezer like this, and I believe it should be the standard across these kinds of refrigerators.
This one has six drawers included in its freezer section, giving you a lot of room for organization of all your freezer items. The fridge is similarly good, with adjustable shelves, but is overall nothing special. The electronic controls and automatic defrost are ice features to have as well, accentuating the full package.
However, it does have one major flaw; like the Haier model (our winner), this is a small fridge, and is in fact even a bit smaller than that. So if you need much more than 15 cu. ft. of space, consider getting a different fridge.
Excellent 4 door design makes accessing the freezer easier
Good interior arrangement makes organization easy
Great electronic controls and quality of life features
Well made and sturdy
A bit small
8. Best Advanced Features French Door Refrigerator - Thor Kitchen 22.5 cu. ft. French Door
While notably expensive, this refrigerator from Thor Kitchen backs up that price point with a huge number of added quality of life and advanced features that make that price point worth considering as reasonable.
The basic quality of the fridge is of course exceptional, sturdy and well made, with good interior shelving and a nice freezer compartment. It’s similar in a lot of ways to the Thor Kitchen model above, but obviously has a very different exterior appearance, with a sleek, almost “hidden” design that would blend in well with several kinds of kitchen decorative options and stay out of the way.
But the extra features are where it shines. A 2 year warranty is always nice to have, and the exterior is exceptionally fingerprint resistant, staying clean looking for longer periods of time than a more standard stainless steel exterior would.
The fridge is “frost free”, meaning it keeps things chilled without the danger of accidentally freezing your more delicate foods (I lose a lot of fresh radishes this way in less refrigerators) and the door emits an alarm when the fridge door is left open, so you don’t need to worry about you or your family wasting energy.
The digital controls are nice, and make programming this refrigerator a snap.
This is the most advanced fridge on this list, and it makes it a very user friendly experience, solving a problem many people have with simpler refrigerators. Even the freezer section is better designed than most French Door refrigerators, so give it a look if the price is okay with you.
A lot of advanced quality of life features that make operation better and easier
Good use of space
Very high price point
9. Best Organizable French Door Refrigerator - SMAD Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator
A lot of refrigerators on this list have adjustable shelves and the ability to make great use of what space is inside, whether it’s making the most of a small fridge, or maximizing the already huge space of a larger fridge.
This refrigerator takes that a step beyond, with a combination of everything I like in fridge shelves. Both sides are individually adjustable, and it even has some of the sliding shelves I liked above. The drawers are well placed and excellent for organizing all sorts of things in the compartments. The door baskets are likewise good, spacious and with all the nice little nooks and crannies you’d want (like a butter drawer and egg compartment).
If you like having a bunch of space to make sure your fridge is well stocked and organized for whatever you might want to cook, this is the fridge for you.
Perfect use of space; easy to organize and adjust
Great adjustable shelves
Good interior capacity
Sturdy and well made
High price point
The Haier and Frigidaire models are by far my favorite all rounder models, and the ones I’d recommend to someone who just wants a good, reliable refrigerator at a reasonable price.
The others are similarly great, but are all flawed or specialized in some way that might make them less desirable to some people, even if that flaw is simply being outside of their price range for a fridge.
Still, all of these options are high quality and exceptional in their own way, so I’d give them a close look before making any decision.
Why Should I Buy a French Door Refrigerator?
All refrigerators have roughly the same performance in their fridge sections. They keep cold food cold, but not frozen. There are various fridge designs, and each has their ups and downs, but the French Door refrigerator design is the “fridgiest” of them.
They tend to have MUCH larger interior space in the refrigerator than usual, not just in the usual spots you’d expect (the interior shelves) but in mirroring every aspect of the design; they have baskets in both doors as well.
This means that French Door refrigerators are typically wider and better at storing fresh food than top freezer models with a single door, or side by side refrigerators. While this means they’ll take up a bit more horizontal space in your kitchen than usual, they make up for it by having a lot more versatility in how you use that extra space, so you’re getting a lot more than you’re giving up on average.
Unfortunately French Door refrigerators typically have what I’d call very poor freezers. Not in terms of performance, but in size and usability. Where a top freezer opens up into a hard to organize, but ultimately easy to sort through shelf, and a side by side fridge has almost as much freezer space as fridge space, organized almost identically, French Door refrigerators have a drawer on the bottom.
These drawers are often hard to organize and sort through, making them a bit of a pain to use. This is especially true if they’re a model with an ice maker located in the freezer drawer, which makes sifting through that space even more of a chore.
For that reason, I’d suggest if you get a French Door refrigerator and plan to stock up for long periods, to also buy a separate free standing deep freezer.
As for price, French Door refrigerators are typically more expensive on average, so be prepared. You’re looking at a minimum of around $1400, and a maximum of maybe $2500 or more, depending. These refrigerators are trendy, and are priced accordingly.
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